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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

Buyers of the BMW 5 Series GT have a straight choice between the SE model and the M Sport, the latter of which was introduced in the autumn of 2011. All GTs come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and every model has ESP stability control and twin front, side and curtain airbags.

BMW 5 Series GT equipment

The SE version of the BMW 5 Series GT comes with 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with run-flat tyres, keyless entry and ignition, parking sensors front and rear, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, heated front seats with electric adjustment, electric windows all round, panoramic sunroof, CD stereo with MP3 player, USB connection, BMW’s iDrive control with a 6.5-inch colour display screen and Bluetooth. The M Sport model most obviously adds the sporty body kit and 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as the M Sport suspension that can be deleted at no extra cost if you want a more cushy ride. It has sports front seats and an anthracite headlining.

BMW 5 Series GT accessories

BMW 5 Series GT customers have a choice of alloy wheels as options going up in size to 21-inches. They can also choose mud flaps, snow chains and locking wheel nuts from BMW’s catalogue. As well as the usual carpet mats, 5 Series GT buyers can also opt for door sill finishers with illumination to make it easier when stepping in or out of the car at night. A dog safety harness can keep your pooch safe, while roof rails and storage box help keep luggage safe and secure when on holiday. There are also optional cycle carriers and ski rails that can be fitted to the roof rack. A Towing Pack is another option for the 5 Series GT and this can also be used to attach a cycle carrier to. Inside, the leather seats can be upgraded with different colours and textures of leather, while the stereo too can be uprated with more speakers. Metallic paint is an option for the exterior, while a rear view camera can be added that shows its image in the dash screen display.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 5-Series GT (09-17).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
Executive optional equipment
None available

Luxury equipment

Luxury standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
Luxury optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Front fog lights
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Modern equipment

Modern standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Modern optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

Safety

4 out of 5 4.0

This version of the 5 Series hasn't been crash tested and although the 2003 5 Series saloon scored four stars out of five, the GT should easily achieve a maximum five star rating for adult occupant safety. BMW 5 Series GT safety is enhanced by standard-fit Dynamic Stability Control+ which covers a variety of safety features such as brake drying, traction control and cornering brake control.

There are also six airbags including front and rear curtain airbags.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The real party-piece of the GT is its ingenious split tailgate, although it's not the first car to use such a system, that accolade goes to the Skoda Superb launched in 2008. It's equally as successful in the BMW and gives you the option of either a conventional saloon-style boot, ideal for accessing the luggage area in tricky spaces such as multi-storey car parks.

Or alternatively you can open it like a hatchback, which provides a huge opening and is ideal for loading larger or more awkward items. The back seats can be slid forward by 10cm to increase boot space further and they also fold down (almost) flat to create a level load area of 1,700 litres - only a few litres smaller than the X5. Storage in the cabin is plentiful with two cupholders and a usefully large pop-out tray above the air conditioning controls.

However, the door pockets are a little on the narrow side for such a big car and the central storage box (which doubles as an armrest) isn't as deep or as practical as you'd expect.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW 5-Series GT (09-17) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A6 Avant (05-11) 565 litres
Jaguar XF Saloon (08-15) 500 litres
BMW 5-Series GT (09-17) 500 litres
Infiniti FX (09-18) 410 litres

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